Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawk history:
The Blackhawks edged Boston 4-3 at the Stadium on December 2, 1970 for their 1,000th NHL victory.
On December 4, 1941 defenseman Joe Cooper tallied the second penalty shot in team history at the Stadium as the Hawks belted Montreal 9-2. His Hall of Fame teammate Doug Bentley picked up the first of his eight career Hawks hat tricks.
Hall of Famer Stan Mikita registered back-to-back hat tricks on the road on December 4-5, 1965 in a 10-1 rout of Boston and a 6-2 decision against the New York Rangers.
On December 5, 1973 Mikita notched the 15th of his 16 career hat tricks in an 8-2 whipping of the Red Wings in Detroit.
Cliff "Fido" Purpur scored the only hat trick of his four-year Hawks career in a 7-6 win over the Rangers at the Stadium on December 5, 1943.
Doug's Hall of Fame brother, Max Bentley, paced the Hawks' 5-2 victory over Montreal at the Stadium on December 6, 1942 with his first of five Chicago hat tricks.
The Hawks tied a team record of five power play goals in a game while battling the Rangers to a 5-5 tie in New York on December 6, 1995.
It was December 6, 1932 at the Stadium when goalie Charles Gardiner stopped 10 shots in overtime - a team record for the extra period - to preserve a 1-1 tie against Ottawa.
This was a big week for Blackhawks four-goal games: Mikita did on December 4, 1967 against Pittsburgh; Jeremy Roenick turned the trick on the road against the Islanders on December 7, 1991 with three goals coming on the power play; and Michael Nylander got the Hawks’ latest four-bagger in Boston on December 4, 1999.
It was last year on December 7 when the Hawks outshot Anaheim 42-22 as both Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien each had season-highs of seven shots on goal.